NEW ORLEANS - With the start of OTAs the main question being asked is when and if Drew Brees will show up for camp.
New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans believes it will be sooner rather than later. When asked how different it was without Brees at practice, Evans said, "It's definitely different. I think this is the first time we've actually had practices without Drew here, but we all understand the nature of this business and believe it's going to get done soon."
"I think everybody wants him back here, but we also know nothing happens overnight. It's just the nature of the business. Negotiations are like a tennis match, back and forth, back and forth. Drew's a pro at what he does, he can study even if he's not here, and he knows what he needs to do to be ready to go, and will be ready to go."
When wide receiver Lance Moore was asked about Brees' absence he told reporters, "Drew is our guy. Not to go into contract talks or anything like that but the guy deserves whatever he wants, in my book. And until he gets that obviously we'll be disappointed. But we can't stop our work. We can't let that affect what we are doing here. When Drew eventually gets his deal done, he'll be ready and we'll be ready for him. Hopefully it will be just like old times."
Moore was asked if Brees should be the highest paid player in football, "Absolutely, he's done things in this game that have never been done before. I mean obviously we set the record in passing yards last year. That's something that goes along with this game that we have."
"We definitely throw the ball around a little bit out there but speaking from a guy that six or seven or so years ago, didn't know if he was going to finish a season again and to do the things that he's done, to break the records that he's broken, to win the Super Bowl and even more so than football, to bring a region back and give a region hope, I think the man deserves the world. So with that being said, when he gets it, I will be just as excited as he is."
There have been no signs of progress in recent weeks between the Saints and Brees with a contract extension. Brees has said all along he would not sign the Franchise Tag placed on him by New Orleans.
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